Each spring, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools hosts its annual State of the Schools which, in part, highlights the talented students of BCPS.
Dulaney High School was well represented at the event, beginning with eight students who were selected to perform their original poetry. The spoken word poetry performance was coupled with the All County Honors Dance Ensemble, which resulted in a powerful and moving piece.
Performers included Kelly Stone with "Generation," Marjorie Bowerman with "Ode to a School Desk," Abigail Fanshaw with "How We Learn," Jennifer Medrano with "We Shall Rise," Emily Williams with "Dear…," Madisen Elliot with "In-between the Lines," Samuel Niehaus with "Progress" and Faith Hall with "Bronze Key."
Keira Levy and Alissia Metcalfe performed with the dance ensemble. Also in attendance was Dulaney High School's bucket band, which impressed attendees with its spirited performance. The "Bucket List" ensemble, under the direction of teacher Christie Senita, featured Sierra Ayers-Mutchler, Chase Douglass, Brady Elrick, Rowan Hiessein, Eddie Kil, Katy Knittle, Matt O'Connor, Ellen Scheel, and Sam Wilson. Finally, art contributions included works by Elissa Baylor and Jennifer Peterson. What a gifted group of students!
Other talented writers at Dulaney have received recognition for their works on a national level. Twenty creative writing students won national writing awards in the Scholastic Arts and Writing competition. The awards, which have been given since 1923, celebrate the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth. Special recognition goes out to seniors Marjorie Bowerman and Jason Fontelieu, who each received two awards. Jason has been busy, as he will also have his one act play, "Worker B," honored at the Center Stage Young Playwrights Festival in May.
Finally, freshman, Mikayla Mellis was named a finalist in the 2017 Maryland Letters About Literature contest for her piece on the book, "The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism," a memoir by Naoki Higashida. She is one of just six finalists and may be selected to represent Maryland in the national contest sponsored by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book. Nationally, more than 36,000 letters were submitted to this year's contest, including 1,877 entries from Maryland students. Congratulations to all these fabulous writers!
Not to be outdone by their high school counterparts, Pot Spring Elementary School's Charlotte Batchelder and Summer Trivett, both 5th graders, were honored by the Team BCPS Reading Relay program for their entry into the program. The girls created a book talk as a part of the program to encourage others to read their favorite book and were one of three winning teams to be featured on the BCPS website. Charlotte and Summer were also recognized by state Sen. James Brochin for their outstanding efforts. Keep up the good work, Charlotte and Summer!